Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3378:
Recently, Jim Main of Main Enterprises sent in a few of his newly published periodicals for possible review in this Blog. In the past, I've blogged about several of his publications, ranging from mini-comics to full sized magazines, as seen in this link: Main Enterprises.
So what's this strange sounding title 'ppfszt!' #29 publication all about?
Here's what the publisher has for a promo blurb:
"The first new book for 2011 is here from Main Enterprises. Issue #29 of *PPFSZT! features covers by Troy Boyle and Troy Zurel, and Scott McClung. Interior art by Brad Foster, Steve Lafler, Jeff Mason and Christopher Durant. Plus comics by Jack Bertram, Simon Mackie, Steve Shipley, Jim Main-Steve Keeter- Jack Betram, Scott McClung, Jeff Mason, George Leon, Michael Vance-Dave Farley, Brien Wayne Powell and Dan Burke! A big 56 page book with a full color wraparound cover. Just 7.00 shipping included."
Here's my thoughts on the issue, as I start at the front cover...
Gatefold cover, (front and back)... A beautifully illustrated and colored cover by Troy Boyle!
Inside front cover - by Scott McClung - A striking black & white & gray illustration.
Page 1 - The Table of Contents, which shows quite a few projects being included in this issue, pointing out that this is an 'anthology' comic book.
Pages 2 & 3 - The Editor Speaks! Which is a good way to introduce what this series is about to someone reading an issue for the first time, like myself! It appears that Issue #28 from a few months before, was the 'relaunch' issue for this title. A little bit of past history was presented along with info on the some of the pages published in this issue. The obligatory 'Next Issue' paragaraph showed a wealth of additional features for the future.
With so many features in this issue, I'm only going to hi-light some of them here that stood out personally for me.
Pages 7 - 15: 'The Acrobat and the Simian - A Step In A New Direction' - Story: Jim Main. Pencils: Steve Keeter. Inks: Jack Bertram. This 9 page feature had a good storyline.
Pages 17 - 21: 'I Married A Giant' - Dan Burke's Giant Gia. A 'far-out' funny tale. I enjoyed chuckling over it.
Pages 23 - 34: 'Flying Sharks' - by George Leon. A 12 page feature with no dialogue. Strange, yet entertaining and amusing!
Pages 39 - 46: 'The Interview' - words & pictures by Scott McClung. Totally weird, 8 page featurette. Yet somehow fascinating!
Pages 50 - 52: 'ppfszt! - Ed Off' - The Letters Pages. I do miss seeing these in other comics. Glad to see this letter page section here!
Inside back cover: The Ka-Blam! printers ad page, which Jim is using now.
This was a pretty well organized anthology comic book. As stated before in this blog of mine... Anthologies are the hardest comic book for me to review blog on, usually due to the varied materials selected by the Editors / Publishers of the anthologies. Quite often there isn't a reason published as to why the issue was put together, or why the features were chosen for the issue. Not here, as Jim took the time to explain, prior to the reader going forward with the features.
I enjoyed reading this issue of ppfszt! #29.
Enough so that My Review Rating for this mini-comic is a: VERY FINE / NEAR MINT (VF/NM) out of a possible 10.0 Comic Book Grading scale.
Retail Cover Price $5.00 ($7.00 when mailed) Page count: 56 pages
Format: Full sized comic book, color covers, black & white interior pages
Teen Plus Readers (IMO.)
There isn't a Facebook Fan Page for Main Enterprises. There is a Closed: Limited Public Content Facebook Group Page, which I'm not listing here.
My thanks to Jim Main for sending me the package of a few of the publications he currently has listed for sale!
~Michael D Hamersky
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